Born on September 21, 1930, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Departed April 10, 2023 in Palm Bay, Florida
Boyce William “Bud” Padgett
September 21, 1930- April 10, 2023
Bud Padgett – Long time teacher, coach and principal passed away on April 10, 2023. As a husband, father, and educator, he was loved by all who knew him. He served schools in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He went on to develop real estate while residing on his beloved Lake Chatuge in Clay County, North Carolina. He was an avid lover of family, boating, reading, and tennis.
He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Carolyn. He will be greatly missed but he is at peace. The visitation will be April 16, 2023 from 1 pm until 3 pm, with a 2 pm service at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, Melbourne Florida.
In lieu of flowers, donations can go either to the Brevard Schools Foundation Bud Padgett Memorial Scholarship OR to the William Childs Hospice House.
Rose Ann Mathis
from Hendersonville wrote on April 16, 2023:
Uncle Buddy was a treasure. Always instilling confidence in us kids.
Loved your family visits . He is with the angels now and out of pain.
I truly feel your loss and pray for all your family.
Love you all Rose Ann
Marcia Stevenson Ward
from Henderson wrote on April 15, 2023:
The memories growing up in Laila Park with our close friends and neighbors, The Padgett's, are precious. My mom and Carolyn were best buds. The 4 Padgett kids and 4 Stevenson kids were always up to something. Bud was our principal at Meadowlane Elementary. He taught me how to water ski during one of our many boating outings. I vividly remember him singing and playing the piano during my visits to their house. Mr. Padgett, as we called him because we were kids then, was a fine man. Education was of the utmost importance in his eyes. I remember being in 4th grade and was sent out of the room to stand in the hall. I was a shy kid and don't remember what I did to deserve that punishment. The principal, Mr. Padgett, walked by and asked why I was there. Through tears, I tried to explain. As he walked away with a grin on his face, he told me I could go back in the room. The things we remember. I am saddened to hear of his passing and pray the hearts of his family and loved ones will find peace through God's Grace. I will miss you, Mr. Padgett.
Mickey Kloeppel Ratliff
from Grant wrote on April 15, 2023:
Mr. Padgett gave me my first teaching job at Palm Bay High School in 1983 and I've been there ever since. I was fortunate enough to see him again this past fall as he was inducted into our Pirate Hall of Fame. It gave me the opportunity to thank him for all that he did for our students, P.B.H.S. and Brevard Public Schools. I will always be grateful that he was my Principal as I began my teaching career. With sympathy and best wishes to the Padgett Family.
from Rockledge wrote on April 14, 2023:
Mr. Padgett was my principal at RockledgeHigh. Later he hired me at the start of my education career at Palm Bay High. I will always be grateful for his encouragement, direction, correction and kindness. I pray he will rest in peace and I offer my deepest condolences to the family.
Willis P. (Bill) Whichard
from Chapel Hill, NC wrote on April 14, 2023:
I'm very sad but relieved that his suffering is over. Regret that I cannot make it on Sunday but all of you are, and will remain, in my thoughts and prayers. Leona joins me in sending deepest sympathy, love, and concern to all of you. We loved him a lot.
from Melbourne wrote on April 14, 2023:
Dale and Barbara Carver
from Royal Palm Beach wrote on April 13, 2023:
Mr. Padgett was my Principle when I attended Palm Bay High (1986- 1990). It sounds like he lived a great life doing what he loved to do best. He was an amazing principle and memories of himo will live on.
My deepest condolences to the entire Padgett Family and to all those who had the privilege of meeting him.
R.I.P Mr Padgett, FOREVER A PIRATE! 🏴☠️
from Littleton wrote on April 12, 2023:
I was a student at Palm Bay High School (Class of 1980, go Pirates). Mr Padgett was a leader and inspiration. I am lucky to have been under his guidance.
from Melbourne wrote on April 11, 2023:
I was privileged to have known Mr. Padgett for nearly 50 years. I appreciated his wit, wisdom and sarcastic sense of humor.
I will keep his family in my prayers.
Eddie & Dinah Duckworth
from Hayesville NC wrote on April 11, 2023:
Eddie & Dinah Duckworth
Prayers for the Carolyn & Family
from Monticello, Florida wrote on April 11, 2023:
The memories of Mr. Padgett will always be found within the hearts that loved him. he will always be remembered as long as we do not forget him. He will be missed by many and our prayers will be for the family and friends.
wrote on April 11, 2023:
My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Padgett's family. He was an incredible man who was ALWAYS there for his students.